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Colorectal Cancer

Cancer of the large intestine (colon and rectum) is an aggressive cancer that may be associated with difficulty having bowel movements, bleeding, bloating, and pain. It requires a coordinated treatment plan that includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. It is very important that the proper lymph node surgery be combined with the colon or rectal surgery. Many patients with rectal cancer need preoperative (before surgery) chemotherapy and radiation. Many patients may be able to avoid a permanent colostomy with the properly coordinated treatments.


Physicians who treat colorectal tumors:

Robert C.G. Martin, II, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert C.G. Martin, II, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Monday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- 1st and 3rd Monday afternoons
Norton Medical Plaza, Old Brownsboro Crossing -- 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons
Clinic Contact: Traci Hayat 583-8303

Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.

Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Friday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- Tuesday mornings
Clinic Contact: Pam Boone 583-8303

Prejesh Philips, M.D.

Prejesh Philips, M.D.

Charles R. Scoggins, M.D., M.B.A.

Charles R. Scoggins, M.D., M.B.A.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Monday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- 1st and 3rd Monday afternoons
Norton Medical Plaza, Old Brownsboro Crossing -- 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons
Clinic Contact: Traci Hayat 583-8303

Kelli Bullard Dunn, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.

Kelli Bullard Dunn, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Fridays 9:00 am-3:00 pm.
Colorectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic, James G. Brown Cancer Center -- Mondays 8 am-12 pm.
Clinic Contact: Quiana 583-8303


Special therapies for colorectal cancer offered by the Division of Surgical Oncology:

  • Resection (surgery) of the colon and rectum.
  • Extended lymph node dissection.
  • Laparoscopic surgery.
  • Very-low anterior resection / coloanal resection (removal of very low rectal cancers with preservation of the anal muscle function and avoidance of a permanent colostomy.
  • Pelvic exenteration for very advanced or recurrent rectal cancer.

Research protocols currently open for colorectal cancer:

  • Outcomes in surgical oncology
  • Cell-saver autotransfusion in surgical oncology
  • Biobanking of tumor tissue for molecular research